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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

IFC Films Picks Up Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them

IFC Films has acquired the rights to Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month.
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  • October 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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TIFF: Cinedigm Acquires Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves

Out of Toronto, Cinedigm has acquired the rights to Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.
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  • September 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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Tribeca Film Acquired Marion Vernoux's Bright Days Ahead

Tribeca Film has acquired the rights for Marion Vernoux's Bright Days Ahead which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week. As far as we can tell, this is the first female directed film to get a deal out of the festival.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 16, 2013 2:10 PM
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Women Win Top Doc Awards at TIFF

Women directors took home the top audience awards in the documentary area at TIFF this year. Jehane Noujaim's The Square took home the top audience prize.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 16, 2013 11:32 AM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Vivian Qu

Vivian Qu was born in China. She has produced the features Night Train (07), Knitting (08), which screened at the Festival, and Longing for the Rain (13). Trap Street (13) is her directorial debut.
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  • September 13, 2013 12:20 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin was born in New Hampshire and was raised near the Odanak Reserve at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. She has produced over thirty documentaries on Aboriginal rights issues for the National Film Board of Canada.
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  • September 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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TIFF 13 Departure Thoughts

As I get ready to make my departure from Toronto after a whirlwind week there are a couple of things to mention as the festival winds down. I was told that there are 10% less women directors this year.
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  • September 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Iram Haq

Iram Haq studied art direction at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. She has acted in the features Import-Export (05), Fallen Angels (08), and Tomme tonner (10). She wrote and directed the short film Little Miss Eyeflap (09). I Am Yours (13) is her debut feature.
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  • September 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Dana Rotberg

Dana Rotberg was born in Mexico City and graduated from Mexico's Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica. She has won numerous awards for her films, including Best Documentary from the Mexican Film Academy for Elvira Luz Cruz, pena maxima (85) and the NHK Filmmaker's Award at Sundance for Otilia Rauda (01).
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  • September 12, 2013 12:30 PM
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TIFF Women Directors: Meet Lara Zizic

Lara Zizic received her master's degree in filmmaking at Columbia University. She directed the short film The Isabel Fish (06) and co-directed the feature Mission Congo (13).
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  • September 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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